Leaves of Grass (1881-82)
WHAT BEST I SEE IN THEE.
To U. S. G. return'd from his World's Tour.
|Is not that where thou mov'st down history's great highways,
|Ever undimm'd by time shoots warlike victory's dazzle,
|Or that thou sat'st where Washington sat, ruling the land in peace,
|Or thou the man whom feudal Europe feted, venerable Asia
|Who walk'd with kings with even pace the round world's prome-
|But that in foreign lands, in all thy walks with kings,
|Those prairie sovereigns of the West, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois,
|Ohio's, Indiana's millions, comrades, farmers, soldiers, all to the
|Invisibly with thee walking with kings with even pace the round